The Standing Rock Nation’s Tribal Council held an emergency meeting Friday and voted unanimously to close all of the water protector camps within 30 days, including the main Oceti Sakowin camp, according to an article in Indian County Today.
It appears that renewed violence triggered the decision:
The evacuation decision was made following a week of renewed clashes between police and pipeline protesters who call themselves water protectors. Since Monday, January 16, 35 people have been arrested from demonstrations, or actions, carried out at various sites blocking access to the pipeline drill pad, bringing the total number of arrests to 624 since August 10.
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